Mac 'n Cheese with bacon?? Yes please! This was definitely a super cheesy version that was delicious... Next time I made this I will definitely chop up the spinach into smaller pieces - I left them way to big and that was not very appetizing...
BLT Mac 'n Cheese
(recipe found at www.pillsbury.com)
1 loaf (32 ounces) prepared cheese product, cut into large cubes
1/4 cup butter
4 cups whole milk
1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups small cherry tomatoes
1 bag (9 ounces) fresh spinach
1 pound bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
1 cup progresso plain or italian style panko crispy bread crumbs
In large microwavable bowl, pace cheese cubes, butter and milk. Microwave uncovered on high 8-10 minutes. Stir with whisk; microwave on high 4 minutes longer. Stir again; repeat microwaving until all cheese is melted and mixture can be stirred smooth, a total of about 15 minutes. Heat oven to 350. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water 3 minutes less than directed on box (macaroni should be firm). Drain; place in 4 quart baking dish. Pour melted cheese sauce over macaroni; mix well. Stir in shredded cheese, tomatoes and spinach. Cover dish with foil; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle bacon and bread crumbs evenly over top. Bake 5 minutes longer or until top is lightly browned. Cool at least 10 minutes before serving.